For the 1980s: how small is too small?

Clin Perinatol. 1980 Mar;7(1):135-43.


Because of the poor survival rates among sick infants weighing less than 750 gm and because of the poor quality of life of surviving infants, a less aggressive approach seems appropriate. Obstetricians, pediatricians, and neonatologists must explain the risks and benefits of intensive care frankly and honestly to families and accept their own limitations.

MeSH terms

  • Canada
  • Critical Care
  • England
  • Ethics, Medical
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Infant Mortality
  • Infant, Low Birth Weight*
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Intensive Care Units
  • Nurseries, Hospital
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care*
  • Pregnancy
  • Resource Allocation*
  • Risk Assessment
  • United States